automatic menus for window managers

Patrick Bartek bartek047 at
Mon Mar 14 16:42:38 UTC 2011

--- On Mon, 3/14/11, Rahul Sundaram <metherid at> wrote:

> On 03/14/2011 06:22 AM, Piscium
> wrote:
> > I am currently using a full desktop environment
> (Gnome) but am
> > considering using instead a window manager. There are
> dozens of them
> > around, so I have been exploring and comparing.
> >
> > I noticed that for many of the window managers that I
> install in
> > Debian (examples: fluxbox, openbox, awesome) there is
> an application
> > menu tree that can be easily accessed with the mouse
> from the desktop,
> > and this tree has - as far as I can tell - the same
> applications in
> > the Gnome menu, though usually organized differently.
> >
> > If I install the same window managers in Fedora I do
> not get the menu
> > tree. I like the way things work in Debian because
> this means less
> > work is needed in creating menus for some rarely used
> applications
> > (for programs that I use often I don't mind spending
> some time to
> > create some sort of launcher).
> Debian's  menu system dates back to the time when
> there was no
> xdg menu specification and my understanding
> is that, the
> Debian menu system is considered
> deprecated.   Window managers in Fedora
> usually  have utilities to generate a menu based on
> the xdg spec.  For
> example, fluxbox-xdg-menu, part of the fluxbox package

The Debian menu utility is still available in the current repositories for Debian 6 Stable, which was just released a few weeks ago.  No mention of deprecation that I noticed.


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